For Incoming Postdocs

Covid Vaccine Requirement - VacStatus

In December 2021 the University announced that all employees are required to receive a booster and update their vaccination information in VacStatus.

You should have received communication from Princeton University concerning the set-up of your Princeton NETID, which will allow you access to VacStatus. Then you will be able to upload your vaccination status to the University's VacStatus system as soon as possible - but no later than your first day of work.

Please go into VacStatus and select an option for "Provide or Confirm Vaccination/Booster Record" to upload a photo or scan of your booster record; or "Apply for a medical or religious accommodation" to request an accommodation.

Questions about the COVID vaccine or VacStatus should be directed to the University's COVID connector hotline: 609-258-7000 or or visit for additional COVID resources. 

Transportation and Parking

For information about transportation and visiting Princeton University, please see Visiting campus for links to rail and airport services, local buses and parking instructions for visitors. 

Revise your ride

This program offers enhanced benefits and incentives to participate in one of five commuter programs in lieu of a parking permit in order to reduce single occupancy vehicles on campus: bike/walk, carpool, vanpool, transit reimbursement, or NJ Transit bus pass. For information about the program please visit the website.


Princeton University staff housing is available to postdocs, however it is limited. Information on this program, including contacts, rates and application forms is available on the Housing and Real Estate Services website. Once your appointment at Princeton is approved and you have your NetID you may submit an application.

Off-Campus Housing

The Housing Office lists non-University housing in the Princeton area on the Off-Campus Housing web page. 

Options for housing in the Princeton area are limited.  Other areas within commuting distance are located in Mercer and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey; and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


For international students and scholars, the Davis International Center is committed to providing services and programs that support your growth, development, and welfare, including immigration regulatory advising and processing, cultural adjustment, social enrichment, and assistance with practical matters related to living in the U.S. They have walk-in hours (no appointment necessary) at the Davis International Center, or you can schedule an appointment. Please go to their website for more information. 


If you are a new-hire at Princeton, HR runs orientations frequently at Overlook.  Check the HR website for details. These sessions go over the benefits offered by the University. You can register by emailing and indicate your full name and the date of the session you wish to attend. For information about Benefits plans and eligibility, please go to

For ranks that are eligible for the Princeton University Retirement Savings plan ( , Princeton University automatically enrolls you in the Retirement Savings Plan at 5% of your pay. If you would like to change your contribution of waive out of the plan, please visit the HR website for instructions at

Employee Resource Groups

Princeton's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are volunteer, employee-led organizations comprised of professionals from across the University and are formed based on shared interests and/or identities. Employee Resource Groups are open to all employees, including postdocs. Visit the website to learn more, and for membership and participation. 

Professional Development - McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning offers an array of workshops open to postdocs that include the following:

  • Building an Effective Relationship with your Advisor or PI
  • Reframing "Time Management" to Achieve your Goals
  • Taming Perfection and the Art of "Good Enough"
  • Balancing Scholarship and the Rest of Your Life
  • The Art of Saying "Yes" Strategically
  • Giving, Receiving, and Eliciting Feedback
  • Learning With and From Failure

For more information, and to register for the workshops, visit the McGraw Center website. Note individual learning consultations to help you develop an individualized approach to scholarship that draws upon your unique profile of experience, strengths, and interests while also considering the specific demands of your research, teaching, and life are also available. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura C. Murray, Assistant Director of Learning Programs at McGraw.